As the nursing shortage continues to affect healthcare across the country, many states and nursing employers are looking for effective ways to increase the amount of nurses in the workforce while also expanding their duties. In fact, WJCL News reports that a Georgia university has increased the amount of nursing programs and positions open to new students. Business in Savannah claims that this is due to the 712,000 jobs expected to be added by 2020, for which Georgia is trying to prepare graduates. If you have an Associate's degree in nursing, you may be a good fit for an RN-to-MSN program in Georgia. Contact the schools on our site that offer MSN bridge programs to learn more.
Most MSN programs in Georgia are designed for BSN graduates, so as an ADN graduate, you may need to spend slightly longer in school than those who are entering the program with a bachelor's degree. Generally speaking, you can complete an RN-to-MSN program in about three years of full-time study. There may be accelerated options that last just two years, as well as part-time programs that you can stretch out to four or five years.
In the early stages of your Master’s in Nursing degree, you may take courses like Family Theory and Issues Management, Nursing Research, Healthcare Management, and Evidence-Based Research in Nursing. These courses lay the foundation for higher-level graduate degree coursework. Some of the core classes you may be expected to take as an MSN student include Health Care Financing and Policy Development, Epidemiology, Role Transition and Nursing Informatics, and Advanced Health Assessment.
The skills you gain in an MSN program are meant to prepare you for one role in advanced nursing. You usually have to choose your specialty early in your degree program, so look at your prior nursing experience to decide which career path best suits you. Paths based in management and administration can include nursing leadership, nurse administration, and nursing informatics. In a clinical setting, options include nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and nurse anesthesia. Nurse education may be a good choice for students who want to teach undergraduate students.
Since the nursing shortage is so prominent in Georgia, it should come as no surprise that there are numerous agencies, organizations, and employers that have nursing scholarships for those willing to go the extra mile in their education. The Georgia Association for Nursing Education is an excellent scholarship resource for nurses that want to go into the field of nursing education. Scholarships offered through the Georgia Nurses Association are typically available to nurses in a range of specialties. West Georgia Health is a local employer that offers education funds to employees and selected nursing students. Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, one of the largest nursing employers in the state, awards several hundred thousand dollars of nursing scholarships every five-year period.
The Georgia Board of Nursing requires you to maintain a valid RN license throughout the duration of your career. If you are going into advanced clinical practice, you may have to meet additional licensing requirements. This may include a specialized test and application.
In general, nursing salaries in Georgia are slightly lower than the national average. However, they still tend to be relatively close to salaries reported across the country. Nursing instructors in Georgia earn an average of $60,200 per year (O*Net, 2013). In Georgia, nurse anesthetists earn a median salary of $135,400 per year (O*Net, 2013).
When you look at Georgia's job growth rates, you see that the nursing shortage in the state is fairly severe. Nurse anesthetists may see a 28 percent increase in jobs from 2012 to 2022, while nursing instructors may see a 56 percent increase in jobs in the same time period (O*Net, 2012).
Nursing in Georgia is an exciting and dynamic field. Make the most of your nursing experience and your hard work by earning an MSN. It can expand your professional opportunities while making a positive contribution to the nursing field. Take some time to request program materials from the schools on our site to learn more about your options.